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Brandon Graham Is Out For The Season With An ACL Tear

Eagles head coach Andy Reid delivered some bad news during his Monday news conference.  He let us know that rookie first round draft pick Brandon Graham has an ACL tear and is lost for the season.

Reid didn’t say when the surgery to repair his leg will take place, but he will be put on IR.

This has to be a crushing injury for the youngster, who hasn’t had a big year, but has shown glimpses of the promise that the Eagles drafted him for.

Reid said that Graham, who is usually very upbeat, is eager to get the surgery done and so he can start rehabilitating the knee.

Andy Reid says middle linebacker Stewart Bradley has a dislocation of his elbow and will probably be out for the remainder of the regular season.   He won’t need surgery and according to Reid won’t be put on IR.

“We are not going to put him on IR,” Reid said. “We have to get a feel on how long this thing takes.”

You could tell that Reid is hoping that Bradley will be able to return to action during the post-season.

Outside linebacker Keenan Clayton has a hamstring strain which will keep him out of action for at least a week.  The head coach was impressed by the young linebacker’s confidence.

“He wasn’t shy with his calls. He was accurate,” Reid said. “He played physical football. His challenge now is that people have him on film, he will need to get it up another notch.”

Reid praised the offensive and defensive lines.  Of course, running back LeSean McCoy and the offensive line put the game on ice by running out the clock on the Cowboys.  The head coach said run blocking is something that this offensive line does quite well.

I would agree with him.  I think center Mike McGlynn, left guard Todd Herremans, left tackle Jason Peters and rest of the group are better run blockers than the Eagles offensive lines in the past.

He talked about the job the defensive line did against the Cowboys running game. Reid singled-out defensive tackle Mike Patterson for his play and said he’s having a Pro Bowl season.

Big Red singled-out rookie middle linebacker Jamar Chaney for stepping in for the injured Bradley and doing the job.  He didn’t commit to him as the starter at that position for the rest of the season.  Veteran middle linebacker Omar Gaither who was inactive for game, will be active the rest of the way and could see some action at the middle linebacker position.

He mentioned David Akers’ field goals and kickoffs.

Colt Anderson has been a great find.  This guy has changed the team’s special teams.

Reid went into some depth in talking about the MCL strain which has kept Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel out of action. He said Samuel had a good workout today and is expected to be ready for the battle with the Giants.

“We went back in and MRI’d it last week to make sure we weren’t missing something last week,” Reid said concerning Samuel’s knee injury. “An offensive lineman, someone who is not running and cuts like he cuts could have played … It takes time. They are all different. No one wants to be out there more than Asante. This guy doesn’t want to miss games. That’s not his deal.”

The head coach talked about the development of LeSean McCoy and how he needed to get stronger.  He talked about seeing McCoy at Pittsburgh and observing his ability to both catch and run the football.  Reid said he thought McCoy would be able to come in here and do many of the same things which Brian Westbrook was able to do.

The key would be his ability to learn how to block.  Reid emphasized that McCoy needed to get stronger so he could block on an NFL level.


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December 13, 2010 12:21 pm

Bradley not on IR? Thats great news.

December 13, 2010 12:27 pm

Yeah that’s pretty bad for Graham. Already not having a good year and then tearing your ACL already sets him back for having a good year next season.

December 13, 2010 12:32 pm

man i heard this guy’s name today more than i have all season
wow so he must have played last night
well no loss here actually we probably get better from this now that some1 who can play will actually play here

December 13, 2010 12:39 pm

PW — you do know Graham did work in San Fran right? Pretty much won us that game when he made Smith fumble.

December 13, 2010 12:45 pm

I thought he had an up and down Rookie year as mot Rookies do..
I graded him out as a C + on the Paulman Scale.
He actually looked pretty good least evening and getting prenetration, but many times, too far up the field
He must learn how to use his hands better and take advantage of his low build to create more leverage..
I envision him as purely a Rotational Player over the next 2 Seasons or so as he develops the othe rparts of his game and builds up his stamina and strength and now with this Season Ending Knee Surgey, this will probably set him back at least another years worth of lost development

December 13, 2010 2:22 pm

o ok birdo
great job moving up then to get him
he beat 49ers

December 13, 2010 3:52 pm

I hate to see a young guy get an ACL injury because it will hinder his develpment. He qas just making a cut, no contact. I don’t think it really hurts the Eagles over the next 3 games. The Giants, Vikings and Cowboys are all good rushing teams and going to try to establish the run to keep the Eagles offense off the field. We all know Graham isn’t much of a run stopper. Cole, Parker and Tapp would be the guys to see most of the action for the next 3 weeks.

December 13, 2010 3:56 pm

There’s nothing to see here…..go back a few months and read my Jerome McDougal comments.

This team should not be allowed to pick linemen in the 1st Round…they do better with free agents and later round picks for linemen on defense.

McDougal was ass,

Patterson and Bunkley looks like 3nd round talent at best

Graham had “0” impact this year…..sound familiar?

not to mention the 2nd and 3rd round picks we’ve wasted on the line.

check out these free agents..Babin..you think he’s better than Graham? hell yeah..we let him go and wasted a 1st round pick.

We got Dixon off the scrap heap and he so happen to be better than every defensive tackle on our team.

We need to look around the league and hire a scout who have been a part of a team that knows defensive linemen.

December 13, 2010 4:19 pm

Hey Songs, you have a very good point regarding the Birds past history. You could probably list some more, going from Mamula to Jon Harris….you are right. We do a much better job with free agents. The fact that we traded up to get Graham has me bothered.

December 13, 2010 4:40 pm

I have put a request to Eagles Front Office and GM H Roseman about being a Scout for the Eagles
I’ll let you know how it goes…

anderson silva
anderson silva
December 13, 2010 6:08 pm

Its a shame he got hurt. I think people fail to realize how much medical treatment these players actually get. An acl repair is not cutting off a hangnail. It is a very invasive, violent procedure and the rehab is very challenging if you want to return to top level competition. People speak about it as if it is not big deal, “Oh, he getting his ACL done and he will be back next year, no biggie” “Oh, he is getting his shoulder done for the 3rd time” etc

December 13, 2010 6:17 pm

I heard they are even performing free “lobotomy’s” outside the Linc now on game days..
(2 Tailgators for the price of 1)…

December 13, 2010 6:58 pm

Didn’t you guys write off Trevor Laws? Mike Vick as a QB before this season? THIS SEASON before this season? Many wrote off McCoy as a mediocre RB. Many wrote off Peters as a bad transaction. Maclin as a WR threat. Winston Justice!?!?!?….

the point? Why are you fools making the same mistake on Graham. Assuming he was/is a bust WAY early in his career.

I’m not trying to call you names or say I’m better than you. I’m honestly saying as a fellow fan – “dude, look in the past, there’s overwhelming evidence that writing a guy off as a bum this early in his career is dumb and wrong”.

We know very little about Graham’s future on this team and to say otherwise is silly. Good or bad.

And please, please, tell me the last DE hotshot rookie who made a big impact his first year? They are few and far between in the NFL if not less…

December 13, 2010 7:46 pm

maybe reid and fo love the hugh douglas protoytpe, but i don’t see that same toughness in graham. nice guy, not tough like hugh “its do or die. do or die”

December 13, 2010 11:32 pm

ya songs – you sure you want people to go back and read your previous posts – I think you had the skins winning the NFC East – Shanahan as the second coming becuase he had a ring, the skins were going to be a running machine with the new gun slinger McNabb……

Now – based on the fact the eagles have had a great run defense against some of the top rushing teams in the NFC – what exactly is your problem with our d lineman –

December 14, 2010 9:56 am

So, far I’m still sorry the Eagles didn’t draft Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants just put him in the line up about 3 weeks ago and the guy already has 4 sacks, several batted balls and doesn’t look to be a liability against the run. Don’t get me wrong I like Graham’s pass rush ability, but so far it looks like he’s going to be a 3rd down pass specialist and if that’s the case there were two wasted picks used to get someone that’s not a full time starter and may never be.

December 14, 2010 11:16 am

yes navy, we all remember that Songs stated that he was a redskins fan after the McNabb trade…we remember

December 14, 2010 3:55 pm

Onced they made the move up to #13 in the Draft ,they should have Safety Eric Thomas,
I would have preferred they stayed at #24 and drafted the best DE on the Board which could have been
DE C Dunlap, C Wooten or a G Hardy who all appear to have a bigger upside as an NFL DE
but then again, the Eagles don’t like drafting DE’s who are over 6’1″ and 260 lbs…